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History of Last Week: Battle of Chattanooga, Nuremberg, Bill of Rights, Reconquista, Judas Maccabeus, Vasco da Gama, 2nd Triumvirate, & More

I saw a social media post this week with the comment, “You have heard it said: ‘Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ Maybe more important: ‘Those preventing history from being taught INTEND to repeat it.’” In the interests of breaking through the Orwellian wall of lies about history, and preventing the disasters of history from repeating themselves, here are some of the key events that occurred this week throughout the centuries.

November 20

284 – Diocletian is acclaimed Roman emperor of east and west. While he enacted helpful political and financial reforms, he is also guilty of the last and worst of the Roman persecutions of Christians.

1789 – New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the first ten Constitutional amendments known as the “Bill of Rights.”

1943 – America begins its WWII Central Pacific Campaign against the Japanese with the bloody Battle of Tarawa.

1945 – The Allies’ famous Nuremberg War Crime Trials of Nazis begin.

November 21

164 BC – Reported date of Jewish hero Judas Maccabeus recapturing Jerusalem, during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire (see 2 Macc. 10). Judas cleansed and rededicated the Temple to the worship of the true God.

November 22

1497 – Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, sailing from Europe to India, becomes the first person to sail around the tip of Africa, the “Cape of Good Hope.”

1744 – Abigail Adams is born. 

1863 – Influential writer Clive Staples “C.S.” Lewis dies.

1963 – John Kennedy Assassination.

November 23

1248 – The Siege of Seville ends with the surrender of Muslims and a victory for King St. Ferdinand III of Castilla (Spain). Seville was returned to Christian hands more than 500 years after the Muslims seized it.

1888 – Birthday of “Harpo” Marx (born Adolph Marx), one of the famous Marx Brothers comedians. Besides being talented at comedy, Harpo was a superb musician, hence his nickname

November 24

1859 – Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species” is published.

1863 – The U.S. Civil War Battle of Chattanooga, also known as the Battle of Missionary Ridge, is fought, a major victory for brilliant Union Gen. U.S. Grant. It included the famous and successful Union charge up Missionary Ridge, a spontaneous action after Grant adapted his plans mid-battle and sent troops to capture rifle pits; the charge was described by one officer as “the grandest sight I had ever witnessed.” While Grant’s original plan did not succeed, he was still able—with the help of Gens. Sherman and Thomas—to pull off a major victory for the Union Army against Confederate Braxton Bragg’s troops.

November 25

1177 – Christian Crusaders under King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (who was suffering from the horrible disease of leprosy) defeat a much larger Muslim army under Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1783 – The last British troops finally leaveNew York, their only remaining military position.

1992 – Czechoslovakia splits into two separate nations, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

November 26

43 BC – Reported date of the formation of the “Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony.”

1789 – Arguably the first federally-ordered American national holiday, as it was designated by President George Washington as a Day of Thanksgiving to God for the blessings bestowed on the new nation.

1832 – Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, only female recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor (for her service during the Civil War), is born.

1940 – Nazis begin to wall off the Warsaw Ghetto, which held about 400,000 Jews in terrible living conditions.

1942 – The WWII movie “Casablanca” has its world premier.

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Catherine Salgado is a columnist for The Rogue Review, a Writer for MRC Free Speech America, and writes her own Substack, Pro Deo et Libertate. She received the Andrew Breitbart MVP award for August 2021 from The Rogue Review for her journalism.

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